The Forecaster Meteo France put 87 departments on yellow alert this morning, for strong winds, floods and storms.
Wind gusts up to 130 km / h
Storm Bella continued to hit the coast last night and this morning, with gusts of up to 124 km / h recorded at Gatteville-le-Phare (Manche) and Pointe du Raz (Finistère).
In Brest, gusts of up to 96 km / h were recorded, as well as 112 km / h at Landivisiau.
Very hollow depression #Bella is on his way from Iceland. The associated stormy disturbance will cross France tomorrow with very strong winds, sustained rains and sometimes abundant snow on the terrain. The inclement weather will continue on Monday.# StormBella pic.twitter.com/fSne5ihkhF
– VigiMétéoFrance (@VigiMeteoFrance) December 26, 2020
The Normans have been warned to “protect the buildings” and “stay at home” as gusts of 130 km / h hit the other side of the Channel last night.
The deputy prefect of Dieppe, Alain Gueydan, declared that “the major danger is the risk of obstacles on the roads or the railroads”.
Elisabeth Castelotti, deputy prefect of Cherbourg, advised citizens to continue to “take precautions” and to “protect buildings by closing windows and shutters, especially along the seafront. Protect all objects that could fall or that could be taken away ”.
People near the coast are always strongly advised not to walk along the waterfront or enter the sea.
Storm Bella hit the Normandy coast with 132 km / h of wind measured at Fécamp (76). Waves weighing 6 meters high submerge the dike leading to the lighthouse (Source: https://t.co/4hHz1FPfaF) pic.twitter.com/G3ST4JdvAD
– The Weather Channel (@lachainemeteo) December 27, 2020
Ms Castelotti advised people to stay home, but said ’emergency services are on alert [and] ready to intervene ”in the event of falling trees, cutting of electrical or telephone wires or damage to roofs or chimneys.
Mr Gueydan said: “This is a storm that we have to take seriously. We will take every precaution and ask people to respect the [existing] curfew from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. ”
Snow and ice
Meanwhile, Aveyron, Cantal, Corrèze, Lozère and Puy-de-Dôme are currently on orange alert for snow and ice.
5 deposits in #vigilanceOrange
Stay informed at https://t.co/CSYEovTI83 pic.twitter.com/a3LW0wNxTc
– VigiMétéoFrance (@VigiMeteoFrance) December 27, 2020
Conditions are expected to particularly affect roads and driving safety.
The Massif Central should have snow on the ground from an altitude of 600 m and above.
Storm Bella: Strong winds and snow in France on Sunday